Show & Tell Friday – Matroyshka Doll   21 comments

 For Show & Tell Friday this week I would like to share my favorite Matroyshka Doll (nesting doll) with you. 

I am first generation Russian.  My parents were born in Russia and escaped and fled to Persia finally making their way to America. My parents have always had a heart for their Russian family back in the Mother Land. My mom and dad decided to sell their home and become missionaries to Russia when they were in their seventies.  My sister Ellen did a fabulous post on their missionary experience.  If you would like to read it, click HERE

On each of their trips back to Russia, my mom and dad would bring us back goodies from Russia.  One year, they brought me back this beautiful Matroyshka doll for my birthday!  She is my favorite!


This is a 15 piece Matroyshka doll. The detail is amazing even on the littlest one. This picture shows how small the littlest one is:


I wrote a post on the history of the Matroyshka Doll.  If you would like to read it, click HERE 

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see more show and tell items, take a walk on over to Kelli’s at

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21 responses to “Show & Tell Friday – Matroyshka Doll

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  1. How lovely. What a treasure to have. I have always wanted dolls like this. I need to go and read the links you provided. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. What a wonderful history you have, and what wonderful parents.

  2. When I was a child I had a doll like this only not so intricate. I loved it and played with it often. Wonder what ever happened to it.

  3. Hi Lana,
    Love that one, too. I’ll have to share my Christmas one later, Lord willing if I’m still alive and doing show and tell in December! 🙂

  4. How very lovely. I bought a small set of one of these at the Kathrine the Great Exhibit when it was in Memphis and we were visiting there.

    I have never seen one with as many as yours and the little one so tiny. Very special Show & Tell indeed.

  5. Those are really special! What a lovely and unique family that you have. Thanks for sharing

  6. Oh wow, I had no idea the smallest one was that tiny….they’re beautiful 🙂

  7. I have never seen one with so many pieces. It’s just lovely and so special.

  8. That is so interesting! I have some “fake” nesting dolls that I put out a Christmas but nothing as beautiful as that.

    What a great treasure!

  9. Beautiful! What a wonderful heritage!

  10. oh how neat! And what a wonderful thing to have in your family to be passed down. I too never knew they were so small.

  11. Your dolls are very pretty, and, my goodness–look at that tiny one!
    Thank you for sharing them with us.

    PS Thank you for your comment on my blog.

    Have a great day!

  12. My grandma used to travel to Russia with her husband frequently. She brought me back one of those dolls, although not quite so big! Yours is lovely. I probably should not, but I let my daughter play with ours. Thanks for visiting me today.

  13. Those dolls are stunning! I’ve always loved them and if I collected anything it would be those. There is a store in West Edmonton Mall (at least I think it’s still there) that specialized in them. I could hang out in there for hours looking at all the detail on each different version. Stunning.

  14. Such a beautiful Matroyshka doll…having been brought to you from Russia by your parents, it’s no wonder you treasure it so much! Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with these but never got one…of of these days I’ll have to correct that:-) Have a wonderful weekend! xox

  15. I have always loved Matroyshka dolls! Yours are beautiful and oh, that tiniest one is so sweet!!


  16. These dolls have always fascinated me as well. That littlest one is amazingly tiny! I like this feature of Show and Tell. Great blog idea.

  17. These are so precious!!! I would love to have a set of these! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Wow, that is really incredible. I can’t believe how tiny that smallest one is.

    By the way, you asked if my son was still interested in carpentry. He is now 23 and a contractor that is in high demand. He does great work and people have shared his name with friends. He loves building and wood and beauty in homes.


  20. They’re gorgeous! I can’t believe how tiny they get!
    Thanks for sharing them!

  21. i was *just* telling a friend that i learned my love for these dolls from sesame street (which i noted your reference in your “history of…” post!!!

    i LOVE your 15-pc doll. amazing. i have one that has 10, and the littlest one is about the same size.

    they are amazing… nice to meet a fellow matroyshka doll appriciator 🙂

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